PRS for Music announce songwriting shortlist for Next Brit Thing

PRS for Music has announced its shortlist of nominees for the Next Brit Thing songwriting award

The competition was open to young people aged 11-19 and was supported by the UK music industry, The BRIT Awards and the Government.

PRS for Music is specifically recognising entrants to the Next Brit Thing who have submitted an original pop song or classical work as their entry. Over a thousand Next Brit Things entries were original compositions underpinning the vast creative young creative talent across the UK.

A judging panel consisting of Simon Darlow - top songwriter and musical director, Ellis Rich OBE - music publishing guru, and former Chairman of PRS for Music and British film composer Julian Nott - best known for his work in the Wallace and Gromit films, selected seven entrants to be commended.

Nominee shortlist (in no particular order)

Artist

Track

Genre

Location

Chloe Wilders

You Don't Know Me

Rock

Northern Ireland

Katherine Priddy

Selah

Folk, Indie

Midlands

Jessica Hammond

Thinking Of You

Acoustic

Northern Ireland

White Psychic0s

Ever After

Pop

North England

Floodliners

Freezers

Hip Hop, Pop, Punk

South England

The Off Beat

Don't Make The Call

Folk, Indie

Midlands

Stevie-Jo Dooley

Brainwave

Jazz, Pop

South England

An overall winner will be awarded by PRS for Music chairman Guy Fletcher OBE at the Next Brit Thing finals on 5th March at the 02 Indigo in London. 

The winner of the PRS for Music Composition Award receives a day’s studio session with a top music producer in Strongroom Studios, Shoreditch - part of the world famous AIR Studios Group. The AIR Studios Group is the recording home for many of today's top artists including Coldplay, Muse, George Michael, Arctic Monkeys, Florence & the Machine, Patrick Wolf, Placebo and Pixie Lott. 

To listen to the shortlist visit www.nextbritthing.com 

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation the company ensures creators are paid whenever their music and songs are played, performed, broadcast or reproduced in public and provides business and community groups with access to 22.2 million songs through its music licences. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

In 2016, the organisation collected over half a billion pounds (£621.5m) on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.